November 25, 2020: Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude.
We continue to extend our thanks to our residents and community
for all they have done since March to slow the spread of
COVID-19. Please remember to celebrate the holidays safely.
The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise at an
alarming rate in Franklin County and across Ohio. Franklin
County Public Health’s (FCPH) public health investigators,
epidemiologists, and public health nurses are working
tirelessly, seven days a week to keep up. However, this surge of
cases is straining the capacity of staff to timely conduct all
aspects of contact tracing. The steep rate of new cases has
caused us to reevaluate how we will be temporarily conducting
contact tracing while we are experiencing this surge.
In alignment with state guidance to best use our available
resources and most effectively minimize the community spread of
COVID-19, FCPH will temporarily focus exclusively on conducting
the first part of contact tracing: interviews with confirmed
cases of COVID-19. As FCPH completes those interviews, we will
provide tools and
guidance for them to identify and notify their close contacts.
Additionally, FCPH will be providing guidance and tools to all
sectors, including employers, schools and daycare centers to
assist with identification of close contacts, which will include
instruction to exclude close contacts for 14 days and allow
return to work without quarantine letters from FCPH. More
information for our residents is available at
It is essential that we slow this surge of cases, so we implore
everyone to continue to follow the Columbus
and Franklin County Stay at Home Advisory.
It is critical that we all stay at home to the greatest extent
possible. Only leave home to go to work, school or for essential
needs such as medical care, groceries, medicine and food pick
Finally, the holidays are an important time to remember that
mental health is just as important as physical health. If you or
a loved one need assistance, help is available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. Call the Ohio COVID-19 CareLine at
1-800-720-9616 or visit Franklin County https://covid-19.myfcph.org
for more information.
Joe Mazzola, MPA
Franklin County Health Commissioner